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Women & Free Software projects

I have never written about this rather sensitive topic before, but I recently realized that when we set up the concept of “Native-Language Communities” back in the old days of OpenOffice.org, the general idea was to allow everyone to participate to a Free Software project. Now, the stated ability -the …

What makes a great Open Source project?

Recently the Document Foundation has published its annual report for the year 2015. You can download it as a pdf by following this link, and you can now even purchase a paper copy of the report. This publication gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about what I think …

Eyes & Ears – Summer 2016 edition

Welcome to this edition of Eyes & Ears. It’s been a few months I had not published a new session. It was both a matter of time and mood, too many sad events all around. In happier news, yesterday (Friday the 5th of August), the Café del Mar released its …

The subtle art of the Desktop

The history of the Gnome and KDE desktops go a long way back and their competition, for the lack of a better term, is almost as famous in some circles as the religious divide between Emacs and Vi. But is that competition stil relevant in 2016? Are there notable differences …

Discovering the Kube project

The world of email clients is becoming exciting again. That’s thanks to Kube, an effort born out of the KDE world, and specifically the Kolab and RoundCube projects. You may wonder why I pay attention to this initiative; after all, I now use Emacs’ mu4e for about two thirds of …

Omar Khayyam, Orlando & Magnanville

We had a rough and sad week around the world. It started last weekend with the horrible Orlando shooting in a gay nightclub. It went on with the couple of French cops being slaughtered in front of their 3 year-old son by a Islamic terrorist in their own home during …

Musk, Epstein, Chesterton and the quest for intelligence

There’s a recurring theme in the press these days, and its latest incarnation is Elon Musk speaking on record about his suspicion on our world being a cunning virtual world simulation game powered by artificial intelligence. You can also read in many places that the robots are taking over as …

Eyes and Ears – May Session

Welcome to this month’s edition of Eyes and Ears. Today we’ll be talking about books from two special authors and we’ll be listening to chill-out tracks; perfect components for the rainy afternoon I’m working on this edition! Books A year ago I had listed a book by my friend Pieter …

The Month of LibreOffice

This month of May is quite unique for the LibreOffice project. It has been decided that May would be a month dedicated to celebrate both LibreOffice and its community of volunteers. The project is awarding badges and barnstars matching several kinds of contributions and activities; volunteers will be able to …

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